Touchstone 'Green Fingers' project takes root in Settle

An update on our Touchstones project, helping older people overcome social isolation after bereavement

Finally, we have some sunshine and we’re hoping to tempt budding gardeners in Craven along to our Touchstones ‘green fingers’ weekly sessions at Townhead Court, Settle starting on the 4th June. These sessions are focused on supporting bereaved older people who would like to learn new skills in gardening whilst at the same time getting out and meeting new people.

As well as gardening, cookery is still proving to be very popular with Touchstones service users, and we’ve been running sessions in Harrogate. These will soon be expanded to Ripon, where our volunteers will deliver skills classes helping bereaved older people to learn new cookery skills and pick up some nutrition top tips. Just this week we have been looking at what a diverse range of tasty treats can be cooked up in a toaster bag with our Craven team!

We are surrounded by technology and our beneficiaries are enjoying the opportunity to bring along a gadget such as a smart phone, laptop or i-pad and having somebody to help them to get to grips with it in Wakefield and Harrogate.

And we wouldn’t be able to do all of this without the fantastic support of our volunteers. We have recently gathered our volunteers together in Harrogate and Wakefield at Touchstones Meet and Greet sessions which have given them the opportunity to tell us what skills people are looking for and how we can attract more people to the project.

So if you’re keen to find out more information about the different classes we are running, or would like to become a volunteer and are based in Harrogate, Craven or Wakefield, then please contact Joanna Bayton-Smith at RAY on 0845 3130270 or via email.  We also have a Touchstones page on our website which includes a calendar of all the events and volunteer meet-and-greet sessions we have planned, and a regular blog page to keep you up to date with what's happening.